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Appointments: 25Hours Hotel appoints GM, plus moves in AV

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Meet 25Hours Hotel’s new general manager
The 25Hours Hotel, opening in Sydney next year, has its first general manager while a familiar face has returned to the AV space.

Meet 25Hours Hotel’s new general manager

Silvia Kypriotis will be the first general manager of 25hours Hotel The Olympia, set to open in the first quarter of 2025.

Kypriotis, who has over two decades of experience in hotels, has spent the majority of her hotelier career with Accor, working with brands including Novotel and Pullman.

Her most recent role was as general manager of MGallery Hotel Collection Harbour Rocks Hotel, which has just passed over into EVT’s management.

Australia’s first 25Hours hotel will be located in the inner-city suburb of Paddington and offer 109 rooms alongside meeting and event space. The 25Hours brand falls under Ennismore, which is a joint venture with Accor.

“We love Silvia’s energy and are delighted to be embarking on this exciting journey together to open our first 25hours Hotel Down Under,” said Katherina Klimke, vice president of operations for 25Hours Hotels.

“25hours is a neighbourhood brand and we are typically interested in vibrant micro-locations with a local heritage.

“The property is a perfect fit for 25hours. The location is nestled between the quirky Darlinghurst end of Oxford Street and the trendier and more sophisticated Paddington end – a delightful and diverse mix of neighbors that we really like.

“In addition, the streets off Oxford Street are characterised by residential neighborhoods, so hotel guests will have a very local experience.

“Due to the location, we expect an even balance between business and leisure guests.”

Kypriotis said she was “honoured and thrilled” to be opening the first 25Hours Hotel in the Pacific.

“The vibrant soulful culture of the 25hours Tribe resonates deeply with me,” she said.

“The 25hours Hotel The Olympia is truly exceptional, with its historic listed façade paying homage to the former cinema, weaving its rich history throughout the guest experience.

“We are working with award-winning international F&B teams to establish four fantastic venues that will enhance Sydney’s dining scene. These include a restaurant, bar, café and rooftop bar with views of [the] Sydney city skyline.”

Appointments: 25Hours Hotel appoints GM, plus moves in AV
Susan Hamilton has joined Microhire

Susan Hamilton returns to the events industry

Microhire has appointed Susan Hamilton as director of sales and marketing for the AV and staging company.

Hamilton’s appointment marks her return to the industry after spending time in the real estate space during the pandemic.

Prior to her events industry hiatus, Hamilton spent over a decade with Staging Connections – now Encore Event Technologies – and nearly three years with Select Audio Visual in Queensland.

Hamilton has also spent over 12 years in hotel sales.

“We are delighted to welcome Susan to our senior management team, cultivate her incredible industry experience and integrate her astute insights,” said Microhire CEO Jamie Hughes.

“With our business expanding, Susan’s appointment will further strengthen our team’s unity across Australia and overseas and compellingly showcase our exceptional offerings and impactful work to the event markets.”

Hamilton said she was looking forward to her new role.

“With a multitude of noteworthy projects underway, I couldn’t be more excited to utilise my experience to enhance Microhire’s exemplary reputation and highlight its incredible work and trusted partnerships,” she said.

Appointments: 25Hours Hotel appoints GM, plus moves in AV
Ciara Reynolds has been promoted by AVPartners at Shangri-La Sydney

Promotion at Shangri-La Sydney

AVPartners has promoted Ciara Reynolds to associate at Shangri-La Sydney, where the company is the in-house AV supplier.

“Ciara joined our team only two years ago, and I am extremely proud of her progress,” said AVPartners partner, Joey Singh.

“Shifting from the hospitality industry to the AV industry can be challenging, but she handled it gracefully and learned at a remarkable pace.

“She always prioritises the team and our clients and has the ability to bring out the best in everyone, which are valuable characteristics for becoming an excellent associate.”

Reynolds has 10 years of experience in hotel operations, including in several luxury hotels in the Whitsundays.

“This opportunity to drive positive change and lead projects that make a real difference is exhilarating,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with my talented colleagues, tackling new challenges, and crafting unforgettable audio visual experiences for our clients.”

Shangri-La Sydney has several floors of event space including a 670m2 Grand Ballroom.

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